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The cabinet is nominating foreign minister Frans Timmermans as the next Dutch representative on the European Commission, civil service sources in The Hague have told the Volkskrant.
Volunteers picked up 20 tonnes of waste from the Dutch North Sea beaches in August, the North Sea foundation says.
Rising costs have led to a drop in the number of parents using daycare centres for pre-school children, the government’s social policy unit SCP says in a new report.

Dutch F-16 fighter jets patrol Baltic skies
Four Dutch airforce F-16 fighter jets are patrolling the skies above Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from Monday, broadcaster RTL news reports.

Animal rights group criticises Dutch pension funds on factory farms
The massive Dutch civil service pension fund ABP is one of several investing millions of euros in factory farms in China, Thailand and Brazil, according to animal welfare campaign group Wakker Dier.

NS brings in longer trains for the autumn rush
Dutch railway company NS said on Monday it had increased the length of some trains for the busy autumn period in an effort to reduce overcrowding on popular routes.

Huntelaar, Robben, Van der Vaart won't make Oranje training camp
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Arjen Robben and Rafael van der Vaart will not take part in the training camp for the Dutch national team which starts on Monday, the football association has confirmed.

Dutch finance minister may lose Euro group job after one term
Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem may lose his role as chairman of the influential Euro group after one term in office, Dutch media reported at the weekend.

The Netherlands set to join Nato rapid reaction force in Ukraine: FT
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has described Russia’s latest moves in Ukraine as ‘extremely worrying’, as claims emerge the Netherlands is to join a 10,000-strong Nato mission to halt president Putin's expansionism.

Six children taken into care over parents' jihad plans: officials
Officials have cancelled the passports of two couples from Huizen in Noord-Holland and taken their children into care because of fears they were planning to head to Syria, officials said on Saturday.

Coalition MPs oppose foreign travel register in anti-jihad plan
MPs from the ruling VVD and Labour parties are opposed to the cabinet’s plans to keep records of the entire population’s travel movements as part of a package of measures to stop radical Muslims going abroad to fight.

Students welcome end of lotteries for popular university courses
Student unions have welcomed the government’s decision to phase out lotteries when deciding which students should be admitted to popular courses.

Chanel International buys Amsterdam office block
French fashion house Chanel has spent almost €45m on a new European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district.

Amsterdammers break Airbnb rules: long lets with too many people
Amsterdammers are flouting the city council’s rules for letting their homes via Airbnb, the Volkskrant reported at the weekend.

Daley Blind heads for Manchester United, €17.5m sale agreed
Amsterdam football club Ajax has reached agreement with Manchester United on the sale of 24-year old versatile midfielder and defender Daley Blind for €17.5m.

PSV, Feyenoord find out their Europa League opponents
PSV Eindhoven will face Greek club Panathinaikos, Portugal’s Estoril Praia and Dinamo Moscow in the group phase of the Europa League.

Dutch government outlines plans to tackle jihadis, radicalisation
Dutch ministers on Friday agreed a package of measures to combat the growth of Muslim radicalisation and stop youngsters travelling abroad to take part in jihad, or holy war.

Labour MP Mariëtte Hamer to chair SER advisory council
Labour parliamentarian Mariëtte Hamer has been named chairwoman of the government’s advisory body SER, replacing Wiebe Draijer who has gone to Rabobank.

PSV and Feyenoord progress to Europa League group phase
PSV Eindhoven and Rotterdam club Feyenoord will take part in the group phase of the Europa League after winning their final qualifying matches on Thursday evening.

Dutch supermarkets move to ban sweets from check-outs
Three big Dutch supermarket chains are working on plans to stop placing sweets and chocolate close to their cash registers in an effort to stimulate last-thought buys.

More people are claiming welfare benefits, despite recovery signs
The number of people claiming welfare benefits continues to rise, despite improvements in the jobs market, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

Volunteer firemen arrested for Limburg arson
Three members of the volunteer fire brigade in the Limburg village of Onderbanken have been arrested for arson, local broadcaster L1 said on Friday.

Incestuous fishermen, arrogant schmucks: Dutch stereotypes
A guide to Dutch stereotypes – in English and drawn up by a Dutchman – is proving a big internet draw even though designer VictorVan says himself ‘this is no hard science (or whatever form of science, for that matter)'.

More people have money troubles, 'worrying trend' says debt register
There has been a 19,000 increase in the number of people with problems paying their bills over the past six months, according to the credit registration agency BKR.

Dutch firms trials robot hawks to chase off gulls and protect crops
A Dutch company is developing robot birds to protect crops and chase away other birds, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

Three arrested for recruiting people to fight in Syria and Iraq
A 32-year-old man and 24-year-old woman from The Hague have been arrested for trying to recruit people to fight in Syria and Iraq, police said on Thursday.

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